Customisation and bespoke design motor controllers for stepper, brushless DC and DC motors
Our main areas of expertise are in low power (<2KW) stepper and brushless DC (BLDC) motor control. Virtually all of our controllers are microcontroller based so we have enormous flexibility in programming options. We have designed a large range of controllers in these areas which include a range of communications interfaces, power requirements, advanced features and custom programmability.
We work closely with a range of OEMs in different industries and understand the requirements of these applications. Our experience working in these industries, as well as our range of contacts and previous design work help us get design work done to rigorous schedules.
“As Head of Design for Zikodrive, I take a personal pride in the design work we carry out. I enjoy working with clients to understand their needs and requirements and to help them achieve the success they want. I have personally worked in the motor control industry now for over 10 years, starting out as a sales engineer after leaving university and developing my career further until I co-founded Zikodrive several years ago. Our success has been built on a combination of personalised customer service, an emphasis on quality and an empathetic approach to our customer’s needs.
Our team always goes the extra mile and we take a huge pride in seeing projects succeed to the point that our customers are selling hundreds or thousands of products which we (in our own small way) helped to make possible.
Graham Fick – Head of Design and Co-Founder of Zikodrive Motor Controllers
Our work starts when you first contact us. We don’t take your rough specification and run with it without first discussing the application and your expectations. If commercially sensitive we’re happy to sign an NDA. Once we understand this we will then sit down with you and go through our thoughts and ideas about potential issues we have come across in the past or ideas of features or future proofing we can add to the specification.
We care about our customers and the environment and we therefore ensure that we design controllers that will last as long as you need them to. Part of this involves ensuring accurate specifications but part is also based on an understanding of the application – whether it be duty cycle, immediate environment, operational conditions etc. Once we know all of this we can then deliver the right controller for your application, a controller that will last.
The starting point of any new design project is the specification. However, in the early stages there is often considerable room for discussion. Our aim here is to exceed your expectations – whether it be by delivering the cost at a lower cost than you were anticipating or by adding an additional feature that you weren’t aware was possible.
We try to give you the benefit of our experience without hijacking your own ideas. We can discuss this over the phone, via email, on Skype or in person until everyone is happy and the project can then commence.
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A proven track record of success - selected case studies of custom designed motor controllers
A major advantage of working with Zikodrive over other custom design electronics companies is that we have an extensive database of existing designs to work from. This example shows how quick changes can be made to deliver the performance you need at low cost.
A small, low powered sinusoidal brushless DC controller designed to an exacting physical and technical specification.
A simple brushless DC controller running at 48V and offering up to 10A.
This controller was based around a high current sensorless brushless DC (BLDC) motor controller with a range of additional safety features, data logging and solenoid control.
Explore the development of the iD Driver – an intelligent stepper motor controller for Boxer Pumps.
A brushed DC actuator driver which was developed for an automotive application including current sensing, four quadrant (4Q) design and more.
Not every customer needs 15A of optimised sensorless brushless DC motor control. In this instance, the customer wanted more.
The development of a brushed DC motor controller for high end turntables was a fascinating project.
Carrying out dentistry in remote areas requires efficiency. However, many battery powered models were underpowered.
A sensorless brushless DC motor controller specifically optimised for a range of different pumps.
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Why choose Zikodrive for your bespoke designed motor controller?
Our experienced team has over 15 years experience in the motion control industry. We’ve developed large numbers of controllers for a wide range of customers. We know what it takes to design controllers that the performance you need at a price you want.
Our controllers are used all around the world in a range of performance critical applications. We know what it takes to deliver the controller you need.
All our controllers are designed in the UK using the latest technology and design software. They are then manufactured in the UK under the AS9100 mission critical quality management system.
If your project requires compliance with specific regulations (for example EMC regulations) then we can incorporate the testing and certification of this into the development cost. We can also implement carefully staged project proposals in order to ensure compliance and optimum performance before committing to the final production version.
Our team have won several awards including individual recognition for engineering excellence including at the Motion Control Industry Awards and British Engineering Excellence Awards.
Elsewhere we have been recognised for our business performance.
We work hard to deliver the best possible lead times both in development but also in production.
Our ‘back catalogue’ of motor control designs means that we can frequently get your design turned around in record time.
We won’t just design your controller, we’ll take it into production too. We’ll offer you a range of volume pricing options on the design you need (including annual call off orders) to ensure you get the quality controller you need and ongoing customer service if you have any issues or require any modifications.
We will manage the production of the controller in order to ensure that the products meet you in perfect condition – pre-programmed as per the agreed specification.
Interested? Get in touch with us to start the ball rolling on your custom motor controller design Project
*Scores taken from a customer satisfaction survey carried out by Zikodrive in September 2018.